Global Dreams: Class, Gender, and Public Space in Cosmopolitan Cairo

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American University in Cairo Press, 2009 - Business & Economics - 195 pages
This book offers a look at the new face of Cairo after economic liberalization. At the start of the twenty-first century, Cairo's cityscape has acquired a spectacular global touch. Its luxurious five-star hotels, high-rise office buildings, immaculately clean malls, and swanky coffee shops serving cafe latte and caesar salad, along with the budding gated communities in the city's desert expanses, exemplify three decades of economic liberalization. In the surrounding social landscape, the gradual abrogation of the Nasser-era structures that provided many with low-cost goods and services is dearly felt. This new study examines Cairo's experience of economic liberalization in an era of globalization. It asks what happened to a postcolonial middle class that was once the carrier of national aspirations and dreams. It explores how young middle-class professionals navigate Cairo's increasingly divided landscape and discusses the rise of a young upper-middle class presence in the work, leisure, and public spaces of the city.

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Anouk de Koning received her PhD from the University of Amsterdam and is at present connected to the Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies in Leiden, where she researches Surinam's mid-twentieth-century social history. She is one of the contributors to the landmark volume Cairo Cosmopolitan: Politics, Culture, and Urban Space in the New Globalized Middle East, edited by Diane Singerman and Paul Amar (AUC Press, 2006).

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